Deutsches Kreuz in Gold

The German Cross (Deutschen Kreuz) is build up out of 5 separate parts and although the name suggests otherwise, it has the shape of a large 8-pointed breast star with in the center a large black swastika which is outlined in silver. The name of this award comes from this 21,5 mm big swastika. This swastika is placed upon a red-bordered silver disk and upon this red border is a golden laurel leaf wreath mounted. The golden wreath measures 39 mm across and is made out of single laurel leaves that are bounded together with a silk lint. At the bottom of the wreath is a square box with the year 1941 impressed into it. This date refers to the year of institution and from underneath this wreath emerge the eight star points. These points are chemically blackened and have the appearance of sunrays. Underneath these points is a 63 mm large silver backing plate placed which has the same shape as the award, only it’s slightly bigger so it forms the outer line of the award. At the reverse are 4 or 6 rivets visible and through the number of rivets you can recognize if the award was made in Germany or Austria. The German Crosses with 4 rivets were made in Germany and the pieces with 6 rivets in Austria. Further is there at the reverse a large width pin with a standard hook construction placed. If the award is marked with the LDO-number of the producer, then it is stamped in either the front or backside of the pin. To prevent damaging the award during combat, there was also a cloth version made. This cloth version has a metal wreath and the backing cloth colour is the same as the tunic colour of the corresponding Army branch. Fieldgrey is for the Army (Heer) and Waffen-SS, bleu-grey for the Air Force, (Luftwaffe) Marine bleu for the Navy (Kriegsmarine) and black for the Armored forces.

The German Cross in Gold (Deutsches Kreuz in Gold) was awarded for bravery and outstanding achievements in combat but where the Knight’s Cross wasn’t awarded for. The recipient did however already had to own the Iron Cross 1st Class (Eisernes Kreuz 1 Klasse) or Kriegsverdienstkreuz 1.Klasse with swords. The exact number of times that the German Cross in Gold was bestowed is still unknow at this time.

The OKW barred/stopped by decree the awarding of the Gernan Cross in Gold for "multiple remarkable services in troop leadership" from March 10th, 1945 on.

Borchers, Adolf* February 10th, 1913
† February 9th, 1996

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Kachel, Georg* December 18th, 1912
† October 18th, 1944

Kaeber, Hellmut* January 18th, 1920
† February 16th, 1991

Kageneck, Graf von, Clemens-Heinrich* October 17th, 1913
† March 18th, 2005

Kahl, Bruno* November 23rd, 1914
† February 27th, 1999

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Kahl, Konrad* March 13th, 1912
† July 31st, 1968

Kahlden, von, Wolf* September 2nd, 1901
† October 27th, 1979

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Kahle, Hans-Reinhold* July 5th, 1906

Kahle, Hellmut* October 31st, 1915
† November 24th, 1978

Kahle, Rudolf* February 27th, 1914
† March 13th, 1969

Kahsnitz, Erich* February 17th, 1898
† July 29th, 1943

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Kainz, Karl* September 27th, 1916
† October 10th, 2013

Kaiser, Erich* March 3rd, 1914
† January 3rd, 1945

Kaiser, Erich (WH-Panzer)* July 10th, 1910
† August 26th, 1942

Kaiser, Ernst* May 11th, 1917
† November 2nd, 1943
Plot: 1 Grave: 6

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Kaiser, Erwin* September 19th, 1896

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Kaiser, Franz* November 11th, 1912

Kaiser, Georg* October 16th, 1911
† December 5th, 1944
Plot: E Grave: 12

Kaiser, Gerhard* May 15th, 1914

Kaiser, Herbert* March 16th, 1916
† December 5th, 2003

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Kaiser, Hermann* October 3rd, 1914

Kaiser, Karl* September 15th, 1919

Kaiser, Otto* September 19th, 1915

Kaiser, Theodor* June 15th, 1918

Kaiser, Vinzenz* February 28th, 1904
† April 20th, 1945
Plot: 8 Row: 2 Grave: 1727

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Kaiser, Wilhelm (LW-Stuka)* November 30th, 1914
† September 24th, 1993

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Kalben, von, Heinrich-Detloff† December 18th, 1966

Kalbhenn, Heinrich* February 3rd, 1915

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Kalden, Peter* August 17th, 1923
† June 11th, 1996

Kaldrack, Günter Otto Hans* September 23rd, 1911

Kaldrack, Rolf Otto Detlev* June 25th, 1913
† February 3rd, 1942

Kallies, Siegfried* February 16th, 1915
† February 6th, 1945

Kalss, Alois* February 18th, 1920
† May 2nd, 1945

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Kamecke, Hans* August 18th, 1890
† October 16th, 1943

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Kamin, Anton* January 6th, 1924

Kaminski, August* August 9th, 1915
† August 15th, 2012

Kaminski, August* August 9th, 1915
† August 15th, 2012

Kamischke, Reinhold* August 18th, 1919

Kammerer, Franz* March 5th, 1903
† June 27th, 1944

Kammerer, Karl* January 29th, 1912

Kammler, Dr.-Ing., Hans* August 26th, 1901
† May 9th, 1945

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Kampf, Friedhelm* January 6th, 1910

Kanitz, Günter* July 7th, 1918

Kapell, Karl* November 17th, 1914

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Kaphengst, Joachim* January 29th, 1914

Kapischke, Gerhard* May 20th, 1919

Kappaun, Manfred* March 9th, 1920
† 2002

Kappis, Hans-Joachim* December 9th, 1908
† December 31st, 1970

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Kappl, Josef† June 7th, 1943

Karch, Fritz* January 17th, 1920
† December 30th, 2001

Karcher, Karl-Ehrhart* January 3rd, 1918
† March 12th, 1973

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Karck, Georg* June 11th, 1911
† July 3rd, 1944
Plot: 9 Row: 27 Grave: 1876

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Kardel, Hennecke* June 15th, 1922
† June 24th, 2007

Karl, Otto* September 30th, 1910
† June 16th, 1973

Karow, Gustav* September 25th, 1897
† March 11th, 1948

Karrenbauer, Johann* April 8th, 1919

Karstens, Karl* November 10th, 1908
† February 9th, 1945

Kasch, Lorenz* August 20th, 1914
† October 17th, 1943

Kassing, Fritz* August 16th, 1912

Kassner, Helmut* March 17th, 1897
† January 28th, 1960

Katheder, Wolfgang* September 28th, 1922

Katzelberger, Leopold* November 12th, 1921
† August 12th, 1944

Kaubisch, Horst* December 3rd, 1915
† February 12th, 1945

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Kaufmann, Ludwig* June 26th, 1917
† March 17th, 1945

Kaussen, Ewald* July 13th, 1911

Kaut, Otto* December 10th, 1922

Kauth, Peter* January 18th, 1912
† November 4th, 2002

Kayser, von, Bruno* January 10th, 1905
† August 25th, 1982

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Kayser, Walter* January 8th, 1918
† January 9th, 2002

Kayß, Alfred* April 6th, 1914
† January 5th, 1944

Kedzia, Ernst-Georg* November 15th, 1914
† June 16th, 1994

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Keese, Heinrich* April 28th, 1918
† May 27th, 2006

Kegler, Gerhard* January 26th, 1898
† July 16th, 1986

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Keil, Jakob† April 16th, 1944

Keilhaus, Wilhelm* December 11th, 1898

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Keiser, Paul* February 8th, 1894
† June 26th, 1981

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Keitel, Gerhard* March 15th, 1916
† November 1st, 1979

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Kellermann, Ortwin* December 10th, 1922
† May 29th, 2010

Kelm, Friedrich† November 8th, 2012

Kemethmüller, Heinz* June 26th, 1914
† February 20th, 1984

Kemnade, Friedrich* December 12th, 1911
† January 29th, 2008

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Kemnitz, Dr., Martin* August 18th, 1912

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Kempas, Traugott* August 27th, 1919
† March 13th, 1945

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Kempf, Karl-Heinz* February 2nd, 1920
† September 3rd, 1944

Kempin, Günther* December 2nd, 1920
† August 12th, 1998

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Kempken, Heinrich* June 18th, 1920
† November 15th, 2006

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Kendler, Rudolf* April 15th, 1914
† February 13th, 2011

Kennel, Karl* January 17th, 1914
† July 1st, 1999

Kentner, Albert* March 30th, 1897

Keppler, Hans* February 11th, 1912
† September 3rd, 1942

Kepplinger, Ludwig* December 31st, 1911
† August 7th, 1944
Plot: 68 Grave: 168

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Kerling, Georg* February 25th, 1917
† January 21st, 2010

Kern, Emil* June 19th, 1915

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Kern, Ewald* February 8th, 1913
† August 5th, 1943

Kerner, Georg* January 21st, 1919
† April 5th, 1945

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